Stanley Sykes, the Lowell Observatory handyman and carpenter, built this funky structure to house the 13-inch astrograph. There are two “floors” to this building – the telescope is up a flight of stairs. Clyde Tombaugh spent many, many long cold nights here, monitoring the drives and keeping an eye on the weather. A typical exposure could last a full hour, during which he had to keep his eye on the ocular almost constantly. If a haze came in, he had to judge when – or whether – to close the shutter to preserve the intergrity of the image.
Stanley Sykes began as a bicycle designer.